OLD FIRM: Rangers manager Graeme Murty upbeat before Celtic encounter

OLD FIRM: Rangers manager Graeme Murty upbeat before Celtic encounter

Off it, Rangers' unmatched financial might seemed to give them a stranglehold on the Scottish game.

And Murty however emphasised the progress the club has made since that Parkhead draw.

For the first time in many years Rangers will approach Sunday's Old Firm encounter in a positive frame of mind following a run of results that has produced six consecutive wins and 23 goals into the bargain.

Home and away wins over English champions Leeds United clinched a place in the first-ever group stages of the competition and Rangers went into their final group game level on points with French club Marseille. It was an unbelievable fall from grace for a club that has won more domestic honours than any other in world football.

After reports that Rangers players cheered drawing Celtic in last weekend's semi-final draw, Rodgers was asked about it by the press.

The men from the Stadium of Light have been suffering for some time with a lack of confidence and barring a late turn around, they could soon be into the third tier of the Football League system in this country. The second time they were talking about the managerial situation.

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Celtic are top of the Scottish Premiership, but Rangers are just six points behind, which is a remarkably small gap compared to the recent history of the two sides.

For me it's a must win game for Rangers as a Celtic win ends any doubt about where the league title is going to go.

"For the supporters, the main thing was to get back in this league and to compete again in Old Firm games".

"This is the biggest test we now have and we have got a group of players who are really positive, really hungry and desperate to do well, which is a great thing for a manager".

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